Very similar to spice cake, this recipe has been handed down in my family for generations. It is called Poor Man's Cake because you don't need milk, butter or eggs to make it. During the depression, these were expensive and during the War (World War II) they were rationed. It is an excellent, moist cake that needs no frosting. It is always a big hit at potlucks.
Combine all ingredients in saucepan, bring to a boil, and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool at room temperature. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Pour into a large, generously greased and floured cake pan (I use a 13 x 9 inch pan) and bake at 325 degrees F. for 25-30 minutes. Center should be firm and a clean knife or toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean. Allow to cool before cutting.
Source: Knox family recipe
By dove947 from Millinocket, ME
This is also called a 'War Cake'. It is a great one too!
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Mix the ingredients. Pour into greased 8x8 inch pan and bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees F. Serve warm with applesauce over cake. Other toppings that my family likes are ice cream, peaches, or just plain butter.
By Robin from Washington, IA
Note: According to Google, many people use raisins. I don't like them, but if you wanted to, you can add 2 cups of raisins, craisins, dates, or dried fruit.
Grease and flour loaf pan.
Mix 1 tsp. baking soda into a little bit of brewed coffee, perhaps 1/8 cup.
Mix and boil the following ingredients for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Into cooled mixture, mix 2 cups flour and 1 tsp. baking powder. Fold in coffee/soda mix.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes.
Source: My grandma Lola Fannon lived her whole adult life in Oregon. I remember her octagonal clear green dishes and her old fashioned kitchens, where I could help her make cottage cheese and blackberry jam on a real wood stove.
This was one of her favorite recipes, and it comes out so moist you don't need anything with it except a cup of coffee or a glass of milk!!
I did find variations on this on google. It was originally from the 30's when people were low on food and made due with what they had.
By Sandra from Salem OR
Cook raisins and hot water for 10 minutes. Cream well sugar, shortening, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and egg. Add 1 cup cold water to cooked raisins (do not drain) and add to creamed mixture. Mix flour, soda, and baking powder and add to above. Bake in greased and floured 9x13 inch pan in 350 degree F oven, for 30 - 45 minutes until done.
Frost with Caramel Cream Frosting.
Heat to boiling:
Stir constantly. Remove from heat,
My recipe is called crazy cake.
Bake for 45 minutes in a greased and floured cake pan, 9x13. Frost with your own choice (09/08/2006)